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Toshiba Satellite L35 Windows XP won't boot up

When trying to start my laptop, I get an error screen indicating that Windows has an error and I am given several options to boot - Use the last known working settings, Safe mode, Safe mode with networking, or start Windows normally.  None of these options work, I either get another error screen, or an attempt to a command prompt that hangs up, and then the computer shuts down and starts the cycle over again.

I have re-seated the hard drive and the memory, and neither solved the problem.  I would like to avoid using the Toshiba Recovery disks to avoid data loss. (I backed up everything but my photos and I'd hate to lose them if it can be avoided.)

Any suggestions?

Posted by Stephbga on

  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2009

    I had the same problem and used the recovery disc and wiped it
    clean. Worked for a few day then same thing happened. Any one
    know the solution?

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Well you might have to redo your hard drive sounds like some files in the operating system are corrupt go to your nerest computer place ask for addapter to connect your laptop hard drive to your pc then try to scan hard drive pull pics out then format harddrive

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